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Posted: Aug 29, 2019

OPTIMA® Batteries Partners with Acclaimed Sailor, Sergio Davì, to Take on the Ice Rib Challenge

UPDATE 9.11.19: Sergio Davì was able to stop at the Candian port of Halifax, Armdale Yacht Club, when Hurricane Dorian arrived. Davi is safe and there were no damages to the boat. There will be continual updates on Davì as he nears the completion of his journey.

Sergio Davì, a veteran of extreme sailing expeditions, is currently taking on The Ice Rib Challenge, an adventure that spans 7,000 nautical miles and nine countries all in an 11 meter inflatable boat. As a part of the Ice Rib Challenge, Davì will be ocean crossing from Palermo, Italy to New York City.

Davì will sail in the insidious glaciers of Iceland and Greenland without a crew on a Nuova Jolly Prince 38cc which has been named “Nautilus Explorer” and fit for the demanding journey. During his journey, Davì will travel between Sicily, Balearic Islands, Spain, Portugal, France, the United Kingdom, Faroe Islands, Canada and the United States, which will take about 6,600 nautical miles, 75 days (500-600 hours) of navigation (stops included) and 24/30 legs.

One of the key goals of the Ice Rib Challenge is to raise awareness on the protection of marine environment, with an emphasis on the fight against plastic pollution. In support of the challenge, the IAS-CNR (Institute for the Study of Anthropogenic Impacts and Sustainability in the Marine Environment) will carry out searches in both the ocean and Mediterranean Sea to measure the presence of micro plastics in the waters. Not only is Sergio looking out for the environment but also the cultural and territorial promotion of the countries involved. The Ice Rib Challenge will be sponsored by the Sicily Regional Department of Tourism, Sports and Recreation.

Sergio continues his journey and thus far the Nautilus Explorer, powered by OPTIMA Batteries, is working perfectly and the captain is halfway there! If you would like to stay updated on the Ice Rib Challenge you can download the app “Sergio Davì Adventures”

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